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Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit

Arsenal are interested in Argentina international Walter Kannemann (Getty Images)

Arsenal have identified Gremio and Argentina defender Walter Kannemann as a possible signing this summer with Unai Emery keen to upgrade his centre back options.

The 28-year-old has caught the eye in South American football over the past couple of years after helping Brazilian side Gremio win the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2017.

Kannemann, who has also played for San Lorenzo in his homeland as well as Atlas in Mexico, made his international debut for Argentina in September and came on as a substitute during their 3-1 home defeat to Venezuela on Friday for his third cap.

According to the Daily Mail, Kannemann has a £17m buyout clause in his contract and Arsenal are weighing up whether or not to make a move with Emery considering a defensive reshuffle ahead of the new season.

Arsenal have conceded 39 goals in the Premier League this term, over double that of league leaders Liverpool who have let in just 18.

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Arsenal signed Sokratis Papastathopolous from Dortmund last summer and while the Greek international has been a success, Shkodran Mustafi has endured another error-strewn campaign while captain Laurent Koscielny will turn 34 in September.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Nicolas Tagliafico (Getty Images)

Gremios domestic rivals Flamengo, as well as Argentine sides Boca Juniors and Independiente, are also believed to be monitoring Kannemann, as are Atletico Madrid whose manager Diego Simeone worked with him previously at San Lorenzo.

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